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Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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Fiddler On The Roof  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Fiddler On The Roof
 
"An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!" - New York Magazine. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

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It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.

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Stomp  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas  
Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.

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32nd Young Playwrights Festival  
Chicago Dramatists 32nd Young Playwrights Festival
 
Celebrate the 32nd year of plays written by Chicago teens and experience an evening of new works exploring identity and community. Young Playwrights Festival is the only event of its kind in Chicago and is the second largest in the country. Showcasing three one-act plays, the festival includes A Green Light by Alexis Gaw, in which a teen comes out and encounters homophobia; Fragile Limbs by Anonda Tyler, which tells of a teenage boy struggling with loss; and Good Strong Coffee by Luna MacWilliams, which finds two characters juggling their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family coffee shop afloat. Enjoy the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at the Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists.

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Ariodante  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Barney the Elf  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Barney the Elf
 
After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Pride Arts Center.

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Bollywood Boulevard  
McAninch Arts Center Bollywood Boulevard
 
More than 100 years of Indian artistry of Hindi cinema come alive during Bollywood Boulevard, an exuberant stage show with vibrancy, emotion and the heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema. Through dance, live music and stunning visuals, the cast takes you on a journey through over a century of Bollywood, from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood's Golden Era to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today. Experience Bollywood as never before at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

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Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical  
Skokie Theatre Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical
 
The electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie and Clyde tells the story of the young lovers' thrilling adventure to chase their dreams that put them in trouble with the law and led to their inevitable end. Bonnie and Clyde is a thrilling and sexy musical combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music into a thrilling non-traditional score which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score in 2012 and Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Musical. See Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical at the Skokie Theatre.

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The Book Of Merman  
Stage 773 The Book Of Merman
 
Two Mormon missionaries ring Ethel Merman's doorbell and hilarity ensues. It's a diva driven journey of self-discovery with an original score of comedy songs, power ballads and mash-up standards.

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Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan  
Mercury Theater Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan
 
In a whirlwind of creativity, sick beats and physical feats, a cast of two actors brings new life to the beloved story of Peter Pan. In the nursery of her London home, Wendy Darling dreams of a magical island where she never has to grow-up. When Peter Pan flies out of her dreams and in through her window, Wendy convinces him to lead her to Neverland, and so begins the adventure of a lifetime!

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Cendrillon (Cinderella)  
Lyric Opera Cendrillon (Cinderella)
 
Jules Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity and elegance. The love duets in his Cendrillon are the very essence of romance, but there's hilarity, too, thanks to the most outrageous of all stepmothers. And if you want to hear glittering top notes sail into the stratosphere, there's the vocally high-flying fairy godmother. At the heart of Cendrillon is the delightful heroine -- and when she sings to her beloved, "You are my Prince Charming," it's truly magical!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Rosemont Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz features everyone's favorite Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It's up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Enjoy this timeless story that showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi (performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage) at the Rosemont Theatre.

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Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.

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A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

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A Christmas Carol  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its popular and electrifying stage spectacular to The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, with eight unforgettable performances presented by Jam Theatricals. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a combination of a Broadway musical and a Cirque adventure wrapped into a spectacular holiday gift for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now.

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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs  
Athenaeum Theatre The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
 
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family: Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds - the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl about going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion. Experience The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.

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Dead Man's Cell Phone  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical

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A Dickens Carol  
Madison Street Theatre A Dickens Carol
 
It's 1842 Victorian London, and Dickens popularity is on the wane. His marriage and finances are in trouble and he has become embittered towards life itself. Yes, in a way, Dickens has become a bit of a Scrooge. A character he has yet to even create! But on a cold Christmas eve, his fortunes take a dramatic turn when a train crash sends Dickens into the icy Kent river. There, in a sinking carriage, Dickens is visited by three Spirits who lead him on a journey through his past, present, and future. A journey that transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. "A Dickens Carol" is not only the carol behind the most famous carol of all time. It's an all-new twist on a family ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge out there.

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A Doll's House, Part 2  
Steppenwolf Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
 
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.

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EL Stories: Holiday Train  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.

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The Elder Son  
Athenaeum Theatre The Elder Son
 
The premiere English-language production of this acclaimed Russian work by beloved playwright Alexander Vampilov comes to Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre courtesy of Bluebird Arts. The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.

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Elektra  
Lyric Opera Elektra
 
Elektra is the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss's staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera's hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith -- magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.

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110 in the Shade  
Theater Wit 110 in the Shade
 
In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.

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Familiar  
Steppenwolf Theatre Familiar
 
It's winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
"You're invited to a fox's feast!" Journey deep underground with the badgers, weasels, rabbits - and yes, foxes - for a celebration of courage, family, and community. Mr. Fox knows he must be clever to save his family from a trio of spiteful farmers, but in a twist of tunnels, he becomes the hero of the forest! David Wood's exuberant adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, accompanied by live music, is a Chicago premiere.

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Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.

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Harlem Globetrotters  
Allstate Arena and United Center Harlem Globetrotters
 
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, Scooter, Hoops and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the Allstate Arena and United Center to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you? At Allstate Arena on Dec 27. At United Center on Dec 28.

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HeLa  
The Greenhouse Theater Center HeLa
 
1951: A mother of five visits the "colored" gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins, knowing something unusual is happening in her body. 1981: A child watches Carl Sagan's Cosmos on a basement television in Chicago as her auntie plays bid whist upstairs with the neighbors. The Distant Future: A gold-plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth, its pilot watching and waiting patiently as stars gently twinkle in her hair. All three stories connect, collide and expand, blending Afrofuturism with the true story of Henrietta Lacks and one little girl's love of science. This winter, journey from East Baltimore to Chicago's Westside to outer space, as J. Nicole Brooks' new play explores who has the power over the stuff we are made of.

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The Holiday Radio Show: 1943  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show: 1943
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to bring back its hit show, The Holiday Radio Show: 1943. The Holiday Radio Show takes us back to Christmas 1943, featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, O. Henry, Langston Hughes and more. There will be drama, wacky humor, adorable actors, and some truly transcendent three-part harmony that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues.

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I Know My Own Heart  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway I Know My Own Heart
 
Inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of a Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of Lister (nicknamed "Gentleman Jack") and three of her many lovers, I Know My Own Heart explores the different choices women made in a time of limits and prohibitions. This U.S. premiere by novelist/screenwriter Emma Donoghue (Room) comes to the Pride Arts Center: Broadway Stage in Chicago.

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Into the Woods  
Cahn Auditorium Into the Woods
 
Before Lin-Mauel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway's rappingest wordsmith. Into the Woods works its considerable magic through his exhilarating ryhmes and occasionally grim wisdom. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results in this production at the Cahn Auditorium.

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It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!

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It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins  
Greenman Theatre It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
 
GreenMan's Holiday Showcase presents two family favorites! It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play and a new adaptation of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins will be presented together for the second weekend of holiday themed entertainment. Adults and families alike are invited to join us to get their holidays off to a great start in Elmhurst this December!

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It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Citadel Theatre Company Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers through contemporary eyes with songs like "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."

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Kinky Boots  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.

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La boheme  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.

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La Ruta  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.

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La traviata  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
 
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Maker of Worlds  
Berger Park Coach House Maker of Worlds
 
Martha, a deity, contemplates destroying the world because there is no good left in it. A second deity, disguised as her yoga instructor, proposes fighting the system instead. But Martha's husband Warren built the system, and somewhere on another plane, Martha is still in love with Jim Morrison. One woman plays six characters in Maker of Worlds, a play about a planet hurtling towards disaster, what's good, and who gets to decide.

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The Man Who Was Thursday  
Lifeline Theatre The Man Who Was Thursday
 
A shadowy cabal of anarchists has risen in London, and Scotland Yard is determined to bring them down. When Gabriel Syme joins the undercover detail tasked with infiltrating the anarchists' operations, he soon finds himself sitting on their Supreme Council with the code name "Thursday." But as Syme unearths the Council's true nature, it becomes clear that no one in this battle between law and chaos is as they seem - and that Scotland Yard may have created the very problem they're trying to solve. Challenge all assumptions and uncover the truth in this absorbing adaptation of the 1908 satire by G. K. Chesterton at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.

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Mansfield Park  
Northlight Theatre Mansfield Park
 
When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle's wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her "rollicking, heartfelt 'Sense and Sensibility' and a naughty and frantic 'Vanity Fair'" (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen's classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a vibrantly reimagined A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling. Shakespeare's beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and '50s doo-wop.

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Miracle On 34th Street  
Steel Beam Theatre Miracle On 34th Street
 
Steel Beam Theatre presents the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Show. In it, actors assemble at KSBT in Hollywood for a 1948 live radio show of a new holiday play, but there's been a miscommunication with the East Coast team, so only a few of the actors show up. The sponsor and his adopted son have to step in, the voice coach to the stars makes a special appearance, and the announcer and producer have to take over the sound effects because the stage manager is sick in bed -- all in all, things get very topsy-turvy! In true holiday storytelling, the cast comes together to put on a wonderful show. Using the elements of improvisation and the original LUX Radio Hour script, director JoAnn Smith has assembled a fun and marvelous cast of actors, young and mature alike. Featuring Larry Boller of Elgin, Jake Busse of Joliet, Alex and Ian Cirpinski of St. Charles, Maddie Gartrell of Geneva, Maddie Hargadon of Elgin, Kat Metzger of Vernon Hills, Crystal Skipworth of St. Charles, Ben Slabik of Lombard and Chris Williams of Aurora, Miracle on 34th Street is a family favorite that is sure to please.

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Nina Simone: Four Women  
Northlight Theatre Nina Simone: Four Women
 
In the aftermath of 1963's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with "Four Women," her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone's lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.

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The Nutcracker  
Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.

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The Nutcracker  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
The gorgeous holiday classic The Nutcracker comes to life with a full scale production by the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see The Nutcracker with live music from the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Come early and meet Santa in the lobby and take photos with our life-size Nutracker!

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The Nutcracker  
Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.

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The Nutcracker  
Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.

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The Old Woman Broods  
Trap Door Theatre The Old Woman Broods
 
Written in 1969 by one of Poland's most revolutionary and prophetic playwrights, The Old Woman Broods is a dark satiric look at one woman's grotesque struggle against an unchecked power that is leading the world to disaster.

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Photograph 51  
Court Theatre Photograph 51
 
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.

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Pippin  
Mercury Theater Pippin
 
From battlefield glory to bedroom pleasures to palace intrigue, young prince Pippin is searching for purpose wherever he can find it. His fanciful journey is at the heart of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz's classic musical Pippin. Chock-full of infectious tunes like "Corner of the Sky" and "Magic to Do," this Broadway fave gets a stylish update in Mercury Theater Chicago's new production. Set in the bawdy and subversive world of the cabaret, it's a fresh take that original director Bob Fosse would no doubt approve of.

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The Play That Goes Wrong  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "A GUT-BUSTING HIT" (The New York Times) and "THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY" (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES" (HuffPost) and "COMIC GOLD" (Variety) - sure to bring down the house!

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The Producers  
Paramount Theatre The Producers
 
Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he's now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls.") With reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.

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A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.

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The Revolutionists  
Strawdog Theatre The Revolutionists
 
THE REVOLUTIONISTS tells the story of four women who made history during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe de Gouge attempts to write something politically meaningful for which she will be remembered. Charlotte Corday plots to assassinate one of the Revolution's most evil participants. Deposed Queen Marie Antoinette grapples with her recent losses. Marianne Angelle, free woman of color and Caribbean spy, fights to expand the nation's notion of liberty to include women of color. When Lauren Gunderson puts these four women in the same room, questions arise about art's ability to make meaningful change, whether violence is ever the right course of action and what on earth a woman's role can be in the midst of the madness.

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Rightlynd  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rightlynd
 
Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to destroy? Lisa Portes (BREACH, A Little Bit Not Normal) directs the first play that sets in motion Holter's ongoing seven play saga set in this fictional Windy City neighborhood; the story cycle that includes previous pieces Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.

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The Santaland Diaries  
Goodman Theatre The Santaland Diaries
 
This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries-David Sedaris' "vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation" (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this "theatrical stocking stuffer" (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as "Crumpet," an elf at Macy's Santaland-and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.

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Seussical the Musical  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Seussical the Musical
 
Oh, the Thinks you can think...when you think about Seuss! In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," in a special one-hour show that's perfect for kids (and parents) of all ages. All performances will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast, so stick around and ask your burning questions! It's a show the whole family can enjoy, so don't miss Seussical the Musical when it comes to Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre.

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Shrek The Musical  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.

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The Snow Queen  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.

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SnowGirls - The Musical  
Mary's Attic SnowGirls - The Musical
 
Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she'll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year - and it isn't always pretty.

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Songs from My Holiday Closet  
Mary's Attic Songs from My Holiday Closet
 
Songs from My Holiday Closet is a night of heartwarming and hilarious "HoliGay" music featuring the original songs of Larry Todd Cousineau (bookwriter/lyricist of FLIES!! THE MUSICAL!) This festive revue, created by the award-winning lyricist, stars Cousineau, Ashlee Hardgrave, and Musical Director (and multiple Jeff Award nominee) Jimmy Morehead. Rounding out the cast are members from the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus: Rick Aiello, Joey Fontanetta, Nico Nepomuceno and Michael Kirby. The clever tunes feature the music of composers Jake Anthony, Russ Coutinho, Bill Johnson, James Morehead, Cindy O'Connor, Mike O'Mara and Patrick Sinozich.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.

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Swamp Baby  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Terra Nova  
Piven Theatre Terra Nova
 
Inspired by the real-life race to the South Pole, this Obie-winning play by Academy Award-winning writer Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs) tells the true story of English explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who led an expedition across Antarctica in 1911, only to find he'd been beaten to his goal by a Norwegian team. A victim of British aristocratic pride and hubris, Scott's trip back across the frozen wasteland with his team turns tragic, while flashbacks to his prior life with his young wife sheds light on his motivations. See this Three Crows Theatre production at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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WaistWatchers The Musical  
Royal George Theatre WaistWatchers The Musical
 
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy this hilarious and inspirational musical comedy that will leave you laughing so hard you'll burn more calories than you have all week. Come and dance in your seat or jump right in as WaistWatchers The Musical takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love and sex. Which one of the ladies is most like you? Carla: hitting the gym just so she can eat more chocolate and ice cream? Cheryl: aiming to relieve stress from work and keep looking good? Connie: Hitting the gym for the first time ever in order to feel sexy again? Cindy: Recently divorced and looking to tone up now that she's single and ready to mingle? Find out when this fun-filled musical comes to Chicago's Royal George Theatre.

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The Wizard of Oz  
Paramount Theatre The Wizard of Oz
 
Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, a living scarecrow...and a wicked witch who will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy.

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The Woman in Black  
Royal George Theatre The Woman in Black
 
Susan Hill's Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England's forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world.

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Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody  
The Den Theatre Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.

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